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NVIDIA Shield Tablet Coming Soon With Gamestream Support

NVIDIA already has a portable Android gaming system out in the market called the Shield and it plans to add another one soon. The upcoming device is reportedly going to be called the NVIDIA Shield tablet and will use the company’s powerful Tegra K1 processor. It’s also going to come with Gamestream support which means that it will not only play Android games but PC games as well.

Nvidia Shield Tablet

The difference between the current Shield device and the upcoming Shield Tablet is that the former has physical controls attached to a 5 inch touchscreen display. The latter is purely a tablet although we still don’t have any information as to what its display size is going to be.

The recently reported NVIDIA Mocha which is a 7.9-inch tablet that has a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels and uses a Tegra K1 processor with a clock speed of 2.1 GHz could very well be the NVIDIA Shield tablet. There’s a big possibility that the company will be placing the Shield branding on this device as its hardware specifications fits that of a gaming system.

nvidia tegra k1

NVIDIA already has a tablet out in the market called the Tegra Note 7 that uses a Tegra 4 CPU. This device has a 7-inch display and is priced at $199. It’s also not sold directly by the company rather its partners such as EVGA and ZOTAC are selling the device under different brand names.

The Tegra Note 7 couldn’t possibly be the Shield tablet that the company is planning to release for the simple reason that it is not able to support the Gamestream feature. For Gamestream to work it needs to be able to access 5 GHz Wi-Fi network, something which the Tegra Note 7 could not do.

Everything therefore points out to the NVIDIA Mocha getting a Shield branding soon. If you’ve missed the report on this, data on this device was released last week over at GFXBench however it has already been removed. The benchmark results suggest that the Mocha is going to use the powerful Tegra K1 processor and that it will have a 7-inch display with a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. It comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage space. The Tegra K1 chip uses four Cortex-A15 cores with a maximum clock speed of 2.1 GHz.

Although consumers have been playing games on tablets for quite some time now, NVIDIA wants to change this by offering something unique. The main selling point of the Shield tablet is its ability to stream PC games. Of course certain requirements must first be met such as having a desktop or a laptop with the right hardware.

  • GPU: Desktop ( GeForce GTX 650 or higher GPU),Notebook (GeForce GTX 800M, GTX 700M and select Kepler-based GTX 600M)
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz or AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8 GHz or higher
  • System Memory: 4 GB or higher
  • Software: GeForce Experience application and latest GeForce drivers
  • OS: Windows 8 or Windows 7
  • Routers: 802.11a/g router (minimum). 802.11n dual band router (recommended)

Once the hardware requirements are met consumers will be able to stream PC titles such as World of Warcraft, League of Legends, and DOTA 2 on the Shield tablet.

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NVIDIA Shield KitKat Update Coming This April 2

The NVIDIA Shield is one of the best devices available in the market that can not only play Android games but also allow streaming games from a desktop PC. Released in July of last year, it still has very impressive specs compared to most of the newly released tablets and the company plans to make this device even better with the scheduled Android 4.4.2 KitKat update this April 2.

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Nvidia announced good news for Shield owners today at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC). The upcoming KitKat update will bring several new features to the device the biggest of which is Remote GameStream support. GameStream is a beta feature present in Shield which allows desktop PCs with graphics powered by an Nvidia GeForce GTX 600- or 700-series graphics card to stream games to the Shield over a local network. Remote GameStream improves on this by allowing consumers to stream games from any network anywhere. Players could be at a coffee shop or even at their friends house and they will still be able to stream PC games on the Shield. What are needed for this to work are a 5Mbps upstream connection at home and a 5 Mbps connection downstream connection from wherever the games are to be played. A Wi-Fi connection or even LTE connection will work as long as the downstream and upstream parameters are met.

The update will also bring the Android Runtime feature to the gaming device which should provide better compatibility with new games and apps. Right now there are over 330 Android games that support the controls of the Shield and over 100 PC games that can integrate with the GameStream service.

What’s probably exciting news is that the Nvidia Shield’s price has dropped to $199 from the usual $299 price tag. The catch though is that this price drop is only good until the end of April after which it will revert back to its original price.

With the KitKat update coming next month and its price dropped, now is the best time to get this device for those who have been planning to get this Android gaming console.

Technical Specifications

  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core mobile processor
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Display: 5-inch 1280×720 (294 PPI)
  • Audio:   Integrated stereo speakers with built-in microphone
  • Storage: 16 GB Flash memory
  • Wireless: 802.11n 2×2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • Connectivity: Mini-HDMI output, Micro-USB 2.0, MicroSD storage slot, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack with microphone support
  • Motion Sensors: 3-axis gyro, 3-axis accelerometer

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NVIDIA Introduces GameStream for SHIELD, Coming this October 28

When NVIDIA released the SHIELD portable Android gaming console last July it also came with the ability to stream PC games from a GeForce GTX PC to it. This was however still in its beta stages. In a press event held this morning in Montreal, company CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced GameStream. The technology will pair the company’s GPUs with streaming gaming via its Shield handheld game console.

nvidia shield

NVIDIA GameStream will launch this coming October 28 and is described as “combining the high performance of GeForce GTX graphics cards with advanced Wi-Fi technologies to deliver super-smooth, low-latency gaming on the go.” What the technology does is it places the power of the GeForce GTX in the palm of your hands.

There are more than 50 games that will be supported by this feature with more coming soon. Upcoming releases such as “Batman: Arkham Origins” and “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” will be supported. Right now local PC streaming is available but in the future there will be support for NVIDIA GRID cloud gaming services.

The key features of GameStream are

  • Super smooth and fast performance at 60 frames per second.
  • Enhanced Wi-Fi quality of service in combination with GameStream Ready routers from leading network partners ASUS, Buffalo, D-Link, and NETGEAR.
  • Improved onscreen navigation and controls

The company also announced a new capability of the device called the “SHIELD Console Mode”. This basically transforms the device into a full-fledged console. This is done by attaching SHIELD to your HDTV using an HDMI connection then pairing it with a Nyko PlayPad Pro Bluetooth controller. You will then be able to enjoy playing games on a bigger screen.

NVIDIA Shield Specifications

  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 4 Quad Core Mobile Processor
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Display: 5 inch 1280×720 (294 ppi) Multi-Touch Retinal Quality Display
  • Audio: Integrated Stereo Speakers with Built-in Microphone
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Wireless: 802.11n 2×2 Mimo Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS
  • Connectivity: Mini-HDMI output, Micro-USB 2.0, MicroSD storage slot, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack with microphone support
  • Sensors: 3 Axis Gyro, 3 Axis Accelerometer
  • Controls: Dual analog joysticks, D-pad, Left/right analog triggers, Left/right bumpers, A/B/X/Y buttons, Volume control, Android Home and Back buttons, Start button, NVIDIA power/multi-function button
  • OS: Android Jelly Bean

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